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PROJECTS   

 
Fort Carson Sports Complex
Type:  Indoor
Main Pool Size: 
45' x 75'
Gallons: 
154,000
Surface Cleaning: 
STN. STL. Gutter
Wader Pool: 
20' x 40'
Gallons: 
12,000
Surface Cleaning: 
Advanced Skimmer
Design Criteria: 
Single Filter
ORP Chemical System: 
Bleach
pH Chemical System: 
Carbon Dioxide &  Dry Acid
Structure: 
Grand Beams, Poured in Place
Interior Finish Main Pool: 
Plaster
Interior Finish Wader: 
Tile
Project Summary:  This project had some unique features to contend with during preliminary design,  including poor soil conditions and restrictions on the back wash rate that could be sent to the sanitary sewer system. Second, there were multiple sources of makeup water being supplied to the pool at different times, which affected the pool water balance. Third, there was very limited space to place the pool equipment because of budget constraints.  Unlike most designers who implement “plug and plan” pool equipment, IPCI attacked the problems head on rather than compromising the system and design. 

First, we solved the back wash restriction problem by using a vacuum sand filter, which can be cleaned at lower flow rates than those required with pressure filter systems.  Vacuum sand filters only require 55% of the filter flow rate. We then installed a 2000 gallon in ground tank to act as a holding reservoir.  Additionally, all floor drains in the chemical rooms discharge to this holding tank.  This would automatically help dilute a chemical spill to a safe level before it reached the sanitary sewer system.

Second, we used a very effective low cost sanitizer to keep the pool water safe.  Sodium Hypochlorite (commercial grade bleach) or liquid chlorine works well on most pools.  We used carbon dioxide to help balance the pH of the pool water and counter act the effects of the bleach.  When the pool make up water was delivered from the city water supply utilizing deep wells, this system would work fine.  However, at certain times of the year the water supply was taken from the Arkansas River in Colorado, which had a dramatically different pH.  In order to keep the pool water in check when this supply was used, we had to design and implement an automatic water pH system that would feed acid.  IPCI design built and implemented an automatic water analyzing system that would handle the water supply and feed the appropriate chemicals as needed.  This was, to our knowledge, the first time a hybrid system like this has been successfully used in the United States.

Third, our pool equipment mechanical rooms required less than 4% of the building foot print, saving the owner thousands of dollars in construction cost.  By using one filter for both pools we minimized maintenance and operating costs. It actually kept the wader pool at a higher temperature than the large pool with a unique piping design and no additional heat exchangers were needed.    

United States 
Air Force Academy

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Fort Carson 
Sports Complex

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Peralta
Community College
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YMCA
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Northern Colorado
Therapy Center
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Highlands Ranch
Recreation District

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University of 
Southern Colorado
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Meadows  Metropolitan
Recreation District

 

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